Rarely do the crème de la crème of Bollywood mingle with the biggest sports stars of the nations but when that happens it definitely turns out to be one of the biggest events of the year.
And one witnessed a grand event like this in Mumbai recently when Bollywood stars and sports personalities came together to honor excellence across different sports in one-of-its-kind initiative – The Indian Sports Honours Awards.
The Indian Sports Honours Awards is an endeavor organized by none other than the Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli in association with Sanjiv Goenka to reward excellence performance in different sports and also identify and nurture athletes.
Recognizing the fact that India is not a one-sport nation anymore, Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli in association with Sanjiv Goenka organized the Indian Sports Honours Awards.
Speaking about the initiative Kohli, who also leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL cricket team, said, “India has made rapid strides as a sporting nation. The day of being a one-sport country are behind us. The time is right to introduce an institution that will recognize our top sporting achievers and put the spotlight on those, who are expected to do the country proud in years to come.”
Supported by Virat Kohli foundation the Indian Sports Honours Awards saw the likes of Sania Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Prannoy Kumar, Pullela Gopichand, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, PT Usha, Rani Rampal, Yogeshwar Dutt and many other sports legends of India gracing the event.
Also in attendance were Bollywood stars like Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Malaika Arora Khan, Anushka Sharma and many others.
Here’s a look at how Bollywood denizens and the sports stars dazzled together at the event…
Superstar Aamir Khan was among the many celebrities who graced the event. He even posed with cricketer Hardik Pandya.
India’s legendary track and field athlete – P T Usha too posed for the shutter bugs at the Indian Sports Honours Awards.
Paralympic athlete – Deepa Malik was all smiles at the event.
The captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team – Mithali Raj looked all glamourous at the award function.
Riteish Deshmukh rocked the classic black and white look.
Ashish Nehra and wife Rushma Nehra looked picture perfect at the event.
And so did Zaheer Khan and his beautiful actress wife Sagarika Ghatge.
Malaika Arora was a sight to behold in a black gown designed by Monisha Jaising with a long train.
Sport enthusiast Sidharth Malhotra was also present at the event and looked dapper as always.
Indian hockey player Rani Rampal looked radiant in blue.
Saina Nehwal looked elegant in a shimmery gold number.
Badminton champ P V Sindhu brought her A-game and simply looked drop-dead-gorgeous.
Sania Mirza rocked the all metallic look like a pro.
A dapper looking Akshay Kumar too was spotted at the event.
Freestyle wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also made it to the event.
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